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Placing on the market of aquaculture animals and products
The European Union has created a secure monitoring framework for placing on the market and importing aquaculture animals and products. This framework is based on the approval of disease-free regions and on categorising different types of diseases to which different health rules will apply.
This Directive creates a framework designed to overcome obstacles to trade in aquaculture animals while at the same time avoiding the spread of infectious diseases, particularly in disease-free regions of the European Union.
This framework is based on the identification of zones or farms that are free from serious endemic disease. The Directive lays down the criteria and procedures for the granting, maintenance, suspension, restoration and withdrawal of approval of such zones and farms.
It also stipulates the documents required for transport within these zones: aquaculture animals and products must be accompanied by a movement document and a health certificate.
The Directive also lays down Community rules applying to importation from non-member countries in order to protect the health of aquaculture animals in the Member States.
The diseases and the animals likely to be affected are set out in three separate lists:
- an exotic disease, infectious salmon anaemia, for which all infected fish are destroyed as quickly as possible and any suspected cases of infection lead to a ban on animal movements not authorised by a veterinarian;
- four serious endemic diseases which must be eradicated in the long term: infectious haematopoietic necrosis and viral haemorrhagic septicaemia for fish, and bonamiosis and marteiliosis for molluscs;
- some less dangerous diseases for which control and eradication measures are less stringent.
This Directive will be repealed and replaced from 1 August 2008 by Council Directive 2006/88/EC (see "Related Acts" below).
|Act||Entry into force - Date of expiry||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 91/67/EEC||04.02.1991||01.01.1993||OJ L 46 of 19.02.1991|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 93/54/EEC||-||30.06.1993||OJ L 175 of 19.07.1993|
|Directive 95/22/EC||31.10.1995||30.06.1996||OJ L 243 of 11.10.1995|
|Directive 97/79/EC||19.02.1998||30.06.1999||OJ L 24 of 30.01.1998|
|Directive 98/45/EC||03.07.1998||30.06.1999||OJ L 189 of 03.07.1998|
|Regulation (EC) No 806/2003||05.06.2003||-||OJ L 122 of 16.05.2003|
For further information on this subject (approved zones and farms, requirements for imports, safeguards), please visit the Commission's website.